Soy and Prostate Cancer. What’s the Connection?

Here’s a case of 2+2 = 2. Or, maybe 3. But definitely not 4. People in Asian countries eat a lot more soy than those of us in Western countries. They also have lower rates of prostate cancer. So, more than a decade ago, scientists started speculating that eating all that soy was responsible for [...]

Soy and Prostate Cancer. What’s the Connection?

soy does not decrease prostate cancer riskHere’s a case of 2+2 = 2. Or, maybe 3. But definitely not 4.
People in Asian countries eat a lot more soy than those of us in Western countries. They also have lower rates of prostate cancer. So, more than a decade ago, scientists started speculating that eating all that soy was responsible for reducing cancer risk. The connection between the two seemed so obvious that the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Center began recommending that men increase their soy intake. Unfortunately, there has been little evidence to back up the idea that increasing soy is what causes the decreased prostate cancer risk. In fact, according to a just-published study out of the University of Illinois, there’s no connection at all.
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High Soy Diet Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

World-wide prostate cancer is the 4th most common cancer; however, the incidence of the disease varies markedly geographically. The United States has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, over 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year; this translates into over 2 million prostate cancer survivors [...]